Social Media has become a way of life now. We spend our free time on any of the social media platforms to unwind or sometimes as a way to escape. This also led to many innocent users being targeted by cybercriminals. Attempts to scam people are always happening on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Social media platforms are created to encourage us to share information and connect with other people. This may expose us to others who may not have the right intentions.
While there is risk involved every step of the way, we cannot deny the importance of social media and the positive impact it generates. We all understand the need and importance of social media and cannot banish it. However, we can think sensibly and make sure we protect ourselves from any such malice by being smart and aware.
Here are some of the ways by which you can avoid a Social Media Scam
Scams in the form of giveaways, contests, and survey
We all love it when we get discount coupons, offers, and hot deals, but there is a major ruse to get you to a particular venue or link. Many times, we are asked to fill a survey form with the promise that there will be some rewards at the end. These are just linked to get you to a particular page or get your personal information in the guise of sending you your rewards. These scams are conducted to either gain access to your social media accounts or your details like your mobile number or address.
One way to tell if this real or fake is to check if this contest or giveaway being advertised on the social media posts only. You can also cross-check with the company’s social media page or website to confirm and then participate. One must avoid falling into this trap or spreading them to others by sharing the posts with them.
Do not connect to fake people
Scamsters and criminals often create fake accounts of people who do not exist to connect with real people. This happens to exploit unsuspecting people financially and personally. Accepting friend requests from unknown people should be avoided at all costs, as it the easiest way to give access to unscrupulous people.
A connection request from impersonation accounts
Double-check a new friend request on Facebook and Instagram or a connection request on LinkedIn from someone you vaguely know and do not know at all. It is important to verify the accounts that send a request to make sure it is coming from authentic sources. Criminals will set up a fake profile using publicly available photos of random people and create an account to connect with people on social media.
One way to check the authenticity of an account is to go through their account details, updates, friends or contact lists, posts and judge if they are recently added, or there is a timeline to it, or if you have some common friends or connection. This small trick can save you from unruly people entering your private space.
Check posts from impersonation accounts
Crooks can join a Twitter and Facebook conversation by impersonating a participant in the conversation. Sometimes they may impersonate a business or a key employee on the Facebook page or create a fake Twitter handle to interact with customers. Make sure the account you are interacting with is a Verified account and not a recently created account that is not verified. Sometimes criminals will interact with customers posing as customer service executives and send them links to download or fill a form.
This is a classic way to gain more access to your details. Be vary while getting into a long conversation with such people, if you have an issue with a company, contact them on their official contact information mentioned on their official website or official social media handle.
Fake live stream and movie offers
Sometimes scammers will send you a link for a fake Livestream of a popular event or movie. This is done to spread malware by clicking on the link, which will take you to a different page. This page may request you to enter your credit card details with the promise that they won’t be charging you for it. Of course, nothing happens. Make sure to access a live stream from the link provided by the official sources and authorized pages only.
A lot of clickbait links are created, promising explosive information about celebrities or salacious photos of some celebrity or some secret information to be shared exclusively with you. These links are created to attract your attention and to compel you to click on them, which won’t take you where it says it will. Such links should be avoided at all costs.
Along with this, we must always make sure we do not overshare details about ourselves with an acquaintance and keep your social media account secure at all times. Scamsters will want your guard down and then entice you or coerce you with false urgency or threats to overpower your instinct. In case the situation spins out of control, make sure to contact us. We are a Private Detective Agency in Delhi, making sure all your private information stays private.